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8 Ways Digital Menu Boards Increase Restaurant Sales

8 Ways Digital Menu Boards Increase Restaurant Sales

No one can argue technology is changing the way we interact with each other. It has allowed us to connect with each other all over the world, and streamline the way we do things.

We are seeing a huge shift in restaurants who are now using digital menu boards to provide customers a different experience. Not only that but with the laws changing, almost every restaurant is beginning to benefit from using digital menus in their establishment.

I interviewed some of the most popular restaurants in the United States to understand the major benefits of using this type of technology in business. Here are the top benefits mentioned by them:

1. Easily Change the Menu

This was the first benefit mentioned by restaurant owners especially those who offer a different breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Instead of having to create 3 different types of menu, they can make changes and update the menu board quickly through the backend system.

Not only that but if they have to make changes to the menu, then this can be done easily as well allowing them to add new items, remove old ones or even change pricing.

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2. Cost Effective

With the cost of print going up it’s no wonder that restaurants prefer digital menus over traditional.

If your restaurant offers 3 different meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then you can save a lot of money not having to print 3 different ones. With a digital menu, you simply have to update the software and you’re good to go.

3. Effective Upselling

These digital menus provide a huge opportunity in terms of upselling. You don’t have to keep asking “do you want a drink? Or would you like fries? Because it’s all on the digital menu board. Also, with the high definition display, the items look more enticing and cleaner, prompting the customers to purchase them.

“In 2010, Burger King deployed digital menu boards across London and Birmingham locations, resulting in a 64% rise in sales in just 12 months.”

4. Maintain The Brand

One major problem within the restaurant business is that your brand can get tarnished easily. Each time an employee forgets something or when you hire someone, you risk hurting your brand. Think about it, when you hire someone new who doesn’t know the menu your customer service will suffer big time…., right?

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With digital menus, everything stays consistent, and you’ll be able to make sure that your brand is the main message. If something is NOT right, you only have to correct it once, and don’t have to worry about others making the same mistake.

5. Reducing Wait Times

I’ve been to so many restaurants where I’d have to wait to be seated, then wait to have the menu brought to me.

With an integrated menu on every table, you simply sit and order. This just streamlines the entire process adding to a positive customer experience.

6. Fewer Mistakes

When everything is documented on a digital menu board your order comes out right the first time around. Think about how many times you’ve been to a restaurant and your orders messed up?

With this technology, everything is selected by you, then pushed straight into the kitchen for preparation. If there is a disagreement everything will be documented so the error can be corrected.

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7. Lower Installation Costs

We’ve all walked into a restaurant and seen huge menu’s above the cashier, but the digital menu board eliminates this. First, no need to print menu’s then install them which is great for the planet. The less printing, the less paper we need which will save hundreds of trees.

Secondly, once the initial setup of digital menu boards has been completed, you’ll easily be able to change them by uploading a new image in social media, through the backend, or even Instagram.

Eliminating the use of printed menu’s will lower shipping and transport costs on all ends. Using digital menu boards, you’ll no longer need new menus delivered to you each time there is a change.

8. Integrated Feedback

Here’s a cool concept which I’ve seen only at a handful of places. Many of the restaurants are providing digital iPad’s to their customers so they can streamline the ordering process.

However, that’s not all, because these same digital iPad menus have a section for customers to leave feedback for waitresses or owners. If the customer is unhappy, they’ll be able to leave feedback quickly, and it’ll end up in front of the right person who can make the necessary changes.

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Final Thoughts

Digital menu boards are changing the way people interact with businesses. These boards are transforming the user experience, making it better by streamlining the entire process.

By doing this you allow people to order exactly what they want in a restaurant quickly which gives them more time to socialize. Keep in mind, the benefits of switching to a digital menu board include the following – saving money, integrated feedback, lower installation costs, effective upselling, and reducing waste times.

Featured photo credit: OnlyN Door Digital Billboards via i.ytimg.com

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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